Complete summary of John Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Mac Flecknoe. Dive deep into John Dryden’s Mac Flecknoe with extended analysis, commentary , and discussion. Mac Flecknoe is the finest short satirical poem in which Dryden has treated Thomas Sahdwell with humorous contempt. Mac Flecknoe is both a personal and .

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Text and Explanatory Notes. Formerly; at one time; at an earlier time. He then houses her in a palace as his wife but sleeps with her only in the darkness of night. Oct 06, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The poem illustrates Shadwell as the heir to a kingdom of poetic dullness, drydej by his association with Richard Flecknoean earlier poet already satirized by Andrew Marvell and disliked by Dryden, although the poet does not use belittling techniques to satirize him.

John OgilbyBritish printer, translator, and mediocre poet. While on a sea voyage, he learned that sailors on the ship planned to rob and kill him.

Mac means son of. This needs to be read for the insults alone.

Mac Flecknoe

Allusion to a school for children training to be actors. Mac Flecknoe is both a personal and literary satire. Thoughtless as monarch oaks, that shade the plain, And, spread in solemn state, supinely reign. There, Jupiter gives her the food of the gods, making her immortal, and pronounces Cupid and her eternally tied by the bonds of marriage. His brows thick fogs, instead of glories, grace, Flecknoe continues his eulogy of Shadwell’s merits by referring to his pretensions as a musician.


It is a direct attack on Thomas Shadwellanother prominent poet of the time. Resigned to his fate, he sang a song to the accompaniment of his lyre, then jumped overboard.

He wrote the prologue for Shadwell’s play Epsom Wells. Although I adore Satire and this kind of mock epic poems, I do not agree with John Dryden in two points; Shadwell was not a confirmed dullard as he says him; though he was a humble poet, he was the comic dramatist of some repute.

Quite appropriately Flecknoe selects “Nursery”: Psyche is a young woman so beautiful that the goddess of love, Venus, becomes jealous. Dryden creates an aura around Shadwell but the comic effect comes in with puns, inverted grandeur and ridicule.

He, therefore, concludes that his son, Shadwell is the worst possible poet and thus deserves the crown of dullness. Mac Flecknoe flwcknoe John Dryden: Flecknoe sits on a throne with Shadwell, and “lambent dullness plyed around flcknoe Shadwell’s face.


Summary Mac Flecknoe is the finest short satirical poem drydrn which Dryden has treated Thomas Sahdwell with humorous contempt. Dryden lampoons Shadwell mercilessly, although he avoids sarcasm and harangue.

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Mac Flecknoe by John Dryden

While searching for him, she encounters Ceres, the goddess of agriculture and fertility. Angry that she has disobeyed his instructions, he leaves her. Dullness and stupidly has been projected as a heroic aspect throughout the book and Shadwell swears to take ignorance and folly to a new height.

See this thread for more information. Don’t compare your large belly to Jonson’s. Among his sons, Shadwell is the fittest for he resembles him most in dullness.

He tells her she must never light a candle, for he does not wish to flecinoe his identity right away. Following are examples of figures of speech in the poem. Intelligence; creativity; writing ability. Don’t let false friends make you think that you are carrying on in the tradition of Ben Jonson.